The Science of Happiness

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We all long to be happy. But what exactly does that mean? And how much influence do we actually have on it?

In this course we examine which factors give our lives meaning and make us happy. The lessons provide training in how to gradually awaken and develop the potential of happiness in our lives.

Scientific research shows that by practicing mindfulness and by generating feelings of connection, gratitude, awe and (self) compassion, we can positively influence the chemistry and neurology of our body and thus our moods. These findings appear to correspond with the methods and wisdom that have come from Buddhism.

In the training we will connect this scientific research with the corresponding Buddhist teachings and practices. The course is intended for anyone who wants to explore and discover more about our potential for happiness, but also that which hinders it to develop.

The training is a collaboration between Rigpa Dublin and Be Real Meditation Training.


This course is suitable for anyone.


Rigpa Dublin, 12 Wicklow Street
The event is available online for those who are unable to come to the centre in person.


Thursdays from 7 to 9 pm with a tea break.
6 Classes from 21.9 to 26.10


Benefactor: 150 euro
Standard: 120 euro
Concession: 60 euro
Students/Under 25/Rigpa members: 30 euro


Eric Soyeux

Eric met his teachers Sogyal Rinpoche and Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche in 1984 in Amsterdam. From that time on he enthusiastically threw himself into the study and practice of the Dharma. He is co-founder of the Rigpa Foundation and also of other Buddhist organizations such as the Dzogchen Foundation and the Buddhist Union of the Netherlands. Over the years he has received lessons from teachers from multiple traditions, including the Bön tradition and the Yuthok tradition associated with Tibetan medicine. With his partner Natascha Geuzenbroek, he now teaches meditation and compassion in healthcare, business and education areas.


Natascha Geuzenbroek

In the late 1990s Natascha came across ‘The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying’ by Sogyal Rinpoche and was completely captivated: this is it! For as long as she can remember she sought and longed for knowledge about her true essence in order to connect with the world around her from this state. That is why she chose to go to the three-year retreat from 2006 to 2009 in order to deeply investigate, practice and thereafter integrate the Buddhist insights and values into her daily life. This period has given her the inspiration to now, together with Eric Soyeux, offer meditation and compassion training through their company Be Real Meditation Training.


Klara Finkele

Klara has been studying Tibetan Buddhism since 2001. She has done several long term practice retreats as well as studied under Khenchen Namdrol in the Rigpa Shedra (Buddhist philosophy program in Nepal). In 2022 Khenchen Namdrol and Khandro Rinpoche entrusted Klara to be a teacher and practice holder within the Nyingma tradition. She enjoys teaching new students meditation and is enthusiastic about all aspects of practice from the simple meditation practice to the more elaborate traditional practices. Klara also is a volunteer with the St Francis Hospice in Dublin providing bereavement support.


Sean Gilmore

Sean Gilmore portraitSean has been a member of the Dublin Sangha for more than 12 years during which time he has attended and supported courses in Dublin and has participated in the AEP study program.

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